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Three Podcasts You Might Enjoy

Here are 3 podcasts I think you might enjoy:

  • The RobCast | Rob Bell
    As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t agree with everything Rob says but I do enjoy listening to him.
  • This Is Your Life | Michael Hyatt
    Here is a description of Michael’s podcast, “This Is Your Life™ is a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership. My goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.” As usual, Michael shares lots of practical knowledge.
  • Newsworthy with Norsworthy | Luke Norsworthy
    This is my new favorite podcast! Luke is a great interviewer who has some fun and insightful conversations with amazing people as he explores a lot of relevant topics (check his archives out).

Your turn… If you know someone who would be blessed by these resources, share them with them today and/or via Social Media.



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Three Powerful Truths from Scary Close by @DonaldMiller via @MichaelHyatt

A few weeks ago we were blessed to have Donald Miller and Bob Goff at our Men’s Conference. They inspired us to live a better story with our lives. Don has been one of my favorite writers for a number of years (I’ll highlight some of his resources in my next post). Today, I simply want to share 3 powerful truths from his latest book, Scary Close, via Michael Hyatt’s blog (if you don’t already follow Michael’s blog make sure you check it out today; he always shares great resources designed to help leaders leverage their influence).

Here are three powerful truths Scary Close can teach us (you can read the whole post here):

1. Shame Has More Power over Us Than We Realize

Somewhere in our lives we experience enough criticism or social pressure to believe that we don’t measure up. So we create a façade. If we can’t be worthy, we think, then at least our act can be worthy. Then when our act starts getting applause and validation, we learn to pass that off like it’s the real us.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly done this. Don did too. It took a counselor to show him that people cannot connect with an act, even if it’s one as good as his.

Don says shame drives this whole process. We feel as if we have nothing to offer, we’re not good enough, or whatever version of that story we tell ourselves. To overcome that shame and the limits that come with it, we adopt a persona we hope will win approval and help us accomplish our goals.

I’ve seen leaders and bloggers do a lot of this. I’ve also seen that it’s unsustainable. In the case of Don it was crippling. He couldn’t maintain relationships, and his writing stalled.

2. Being Open Is Better Than Being Careful

This act is meant to protect ourselves, but Don discovered when he dropped the act people could finally connect with him and he could connect with them.

Isn’t that risky? Doesn’t that open ourselves up to getting hurt or rejected? Absolutely. But if you know anything about my approach to risk, you know that nothing good comes from staying inside our comfort zones. It’s when we venture outside that we find meaning, joy, and fulfillment.

Scary Close offers several examples of this in action, but one sticks with me. Don opened himself up on his Storyline blog to some significant criticism. Instead of retreating, he leaned into the discomfort and found the honesty liberating.

The new freedom unleashed his productivity. He started writing again—a lot. His blog traffic exploded along with his increased output. He even drafted a new book in just four months. That’s when Don decided it was better to be open than careful.

3. There are More Lifeguards Than Sharks

Criticism can make us afraid. If were a leader with a vision to share or blogger with something to say, it’s very easy to take criticism to heart and dial back our determination. But the real scandal is that we sometimes retreat before the darts start flying.

Sometimes all it takes is anticipating a negative reaction and we torque back our initiatives or soften our words.

I’m guilty of that, but as Don says, “For the most part, others aren’t out to get us.” We just need to step out and jump in the water knowing that their are more lifeguards than sharks. When we “dive into the unknown,” he says, “there [a]re very real dangers, but mostly rewards.”

This is similar to perceived scarcity and outrageous abundance. The world is richer and more welcoming than we know. But to protect ourselves from disappointment, we choose to disbelieve that. It’s hard to have our hopes dashed when we don’t hope for much.

But that’s a debilitating way to look at the world.

Criticism and social pressure are not the only things that matter.

If we were brave, we would say the things that were on our hearts. If we were brave, we would take our organizations the direction we want them to go. If we were brave, we would do many things differently than we do right now.

So why not be brave? I’m grateful to Don for pointing the way in Scary Close.

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Three Forces That Shape Character by @MichaelHyatt

This will be my last post for a few weeks (I plan to resume after the Holidays but probably not until early February as I’ll be tied up with planning a big Men’s Conference with Donald Miller and Bob Goff). So, as I close out this year I thought you would be blessed with some thoughts from a recent Leadership Podcast by Michael Hyatt. This episode focuses on the 3 forces that shape character. I’ll mention them here and encourage you to go and check out the complete episode (by the way, if you don’t already follow Michael Hyatt; do yourself a favor and start today — he consistently provides great resources focusing on Intentional Leadership).

There are three forces that shape who we are at the core of our being:

  1. The input we consume.
  2. The relationships we pursue.
  3. The habits we acquire.

Your turn… You can listen to, watch, or read the transcript from this podcast here. What resonates with you from this podcast?

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Three Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend by Michael Hyatt

I love (and need to practice) the thoughts Michael Hyatt shared on his blog this morning, 3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed this Weekend. You can go to his blog to read the whole article (in fact, you should subscribe to his blog as he always has great resources focusing on intentional leadership). I simply want to whet your appetite with the 3 reasons to unplug this weekend:

  1. We Need to Play
  2. We Need to Rest
  3. We Need Time with Our Thoughts

Your turn… Why do you need to “close your laptop” this weekend?

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Three Leadership Resources via @MichaelHyatt

Michael Hyatt is an author, popular blogger, and a provider of great resources. His blog focuses on “intentional leadership.” His mission is to help leaders leverage their influence. Here are 3 of his leadership resources you should take a look at:


Note: make sure you sign up for Michael’s leadership podcast, This Is Your Life.

Your turn… What are your thoughts on these resources?

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Three Posts You Should Read

Here are 3 posts I came across recently that I thought you would be interested in learning something from:

Your turn… What are some posts you’ve read recently that others could learn from?

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Three Resources to Help You Get Your Message Out

Most people have something worth sharing, but too often their message never gets out. This is something I’ve definitely noticed in the first nine months since starting this blog. Here are some of the resources I’ve been learning from in an effort to better get my message out (I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg in utilizing these resources but my intention is to focus more time on implementing what I’m learning and to dig deeper to see what else I need to do — these resources are great for individuals and/or organizations that simply want to do a better job of getting their message out):

Michael Hyatt, one of the top business bloggers in the world, provides down-to-earth guidance for building and expanding a powerful platform. To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creatives are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace. Hyatt speaks from experience. He writes one of the top 800 blogs in the world and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. His large and growing platform serves as the foundation for his successful writing, speaking, and consulting practice.

Erich’s note: there are so many helpful, practical ideas in this book (and on Michael Hyatt’s blog). You’ll find yourself going back to it often. Make sure you follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his blog (you’ll get a free eBook when you do).

Description of Jeff’s blog:  I love compelling stories, worthy causes, and Pez candy. I’ve been writing for most of my life, but only recently started calling myself a writer and actually believing it. I started this blog in 2010 with some burning questions:

  • How do successful writers make a living?
  • What does it really take to get published?
  • How do you pursue a passion?

What I found in this search was a community of like-minded individuals sharing many of the same struggles. Here is where we wage war on the blank page, where we band together to find purpose in our art and lives. If you have a passion for creativity and changing the world, this blog is for you.

Erich’s note: I just recently discovered this blog and I’m looking forward to learning more… Make sure you follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his blog (you’ll get a couple of free resources too).

Claire Díaz-Ortiz is an author, speaker, and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, where she was hired to lead social innovation, and where she still works today. Her post, How to Start a Blog, was her top post in 2013.  She is also the author of Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time. Make sure you follow her on Twitter and subscribe to her blog (you’ll receive several free resources when you do).

Erich’s note: I discovered Claire’s resources when I read her  BarnaFRAMES book, Greater Expectations. After reading her book I found her blog to be loaded with great posts and resources.  FYI: I currently use the free WordPress blog for my platform but I’ve been thinking about following the advice of these 3 to set up a “self-hosting” blog (if so, I might do it in June around the 1 year anniversary of my blog if I get courageous enough and find someone to help me design it, we’ll see…)

Your turn… What are some other resources you’ve found useful in getting your message out?


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Three Blogs You Should Follow

Here are 3 blogs you should follow:

Some people discount everything Rob Bell says because they don’t agree with some things he says. I’m not one of those people. Rob’s current series, What is the Bible?, is a great series to read (begins here). I think you would enjoy following his blog even if you don’t agree with everything he says.

Michael’s blog focuses on intentional leadership. Make sure you check out his Evernote series, A Handy Index to All My Evernote Posts. You can learn more about Michael Hyatt here.

Seth is the author of 17 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. His blog is one of the most popular in the world.

Your turn… What are some other blogs worth reading?

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Three Resources for Personal Development

Last week I had the chance to attend a Men’s Ministry Network meeting with about 25 other guys from around the country at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL  We had some great conversations and I learned a lot. Two comments by Todd McIntyre, Men’s Minister of Gateway Church, stood out to me: “The first man you need to minister to is yourself” and “You can’t give what you don’t have!” By the way, you might want to check out these two Equip Classes taught by Todd: Spiritual Fitness and Field Manual for Your Home.

With those thoughts fresh on my mind I want to share 3 resources aimed at personal development:

This has been a long-time favorite of mine (I read it in the early 1990’s). Develop these 7 Habits and you’ll not only be a more effective person but you’ll leave a legacy worth following as you make a difference today (as Covey says, “private victories precede public victories”):

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With the End In Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
PS: If you enjoy this one you’ll also want to check out The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (written about 15 years after 7 Habits).

John often says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” With that in mind he has spent the last 40 years writing more than 70 books aimed at developing leaders. Take a spin around his website to see all the resources available and make sure you subscribe to his Leadership Wired Blog. He has written so many good books. You can browse them here (I might devote a future post on my 3 favorites). For today’s topic, I would say check this one out first: Develop the Leader Within You.

This step-by-step guide will help you design the life you’ve always wanted. You can get this free e-book by simply subscribing to Michael’s email newsletter which always contains helpful resources and information. Make sure you subscribe to his Leadership Podcast as well.

Your turn… What are some other personal development resources you would recommend?

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Three APPS Everyone Should Use

I love using my Apple devices. I currently have an iPhone 5, an iPad with Retina Display, and a MacBook Pro… oh yeah, and an AppleTV but we won’t talk about that one today. Here are three APPS I find to be very beneficial and easy to use:

Evernote is a digital file cabinet/notebook that helps you capture and remember everything. You can capture anything (ideas, things you like, things you see and/or hear) and access them anywhere (from your computer, smartphone or tablet). After spending some time on the Evernote website you might want to check out Michael Hyatt’s Handy Index to his Evernote posts. Make sure you check out some of the other Evernote products like Evernote Web Clipper (it allows you to clip webpages and file them in your notebooks). Note: I consider myself to be a novice right now with Evernote as I’ve only discovered the tip of the iceberg of what it can do but I plan to keep exploring it’s potential and other products along the way…

  • DropboxYour stuff, anywhere.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. You can access your files from all of your devices. It is a great way to keep things backed up and easily accessible when you’re on the go. Note: the first 2GB of space are free but you can get up to 16GB of free space via referrals (sign up via this link to help me get more free space if you are interested in using this APP, I have about 6GB of free space right now).

YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life. Note: my digital Bible has almost completely replaced my paper Bible (I have lots of them but hardly ever take one with me since one of my devices is always with me and that’s pretty much how I read everything these days). By the way, not only do you have instant access to dozens of different versions/translations of the Bible but you also have access to hundreds of Bible reading plans. This is a great way to read and study the Bible. This APP was created by the good people at LifeChurch.TV (help them reach 100 million installs before their 5th anniversary on July 10th).

Your turn… What are some of your favorite APPS? Also, if you use any of these share about your experience and/or tips.


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